Posts Tagged Truth / Lies
Read this: Blindly relying on our media (owned largely by a few giant corporations) for most of our information and correspondingly what and how we think and act is dumb, but then again we are only human. Even when not directly watching or listening to the main media we are subtly, if not overtly affected. As the progressive movement has gained attention (because of the Sanders campaign) it increasingly finds itself in the focus of media manipulation, if not outright lies.
What actually happens is very slick but definitely has an agenda and often confuses our perceptions of who and what to believe. “Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) sent out a recent email blast that raises concerns. Read the rest of this entry »
Read this: Climate Change is so complicated and interconnected it is very hard to even keep up with the basics. So we better have a knowledgeable person leading things in congress. Nope! The GOP leader of the corresponding committee is neither a scientist nor does he believe climate change is real. Only in America can something so dangerous happen! The article in the link below from The Daily KOS, by Pakalolo, tells of yet another hidden feature of climate change that could drastically accelerate its’ effects. This is something known as a “pingo” and specifically sub-sea pingos.
“Pingos are spectacular land forms associated with permafrost in the Arctic. They are circular or elliptical formations protruding from the level ground of the tundra, and can be up to 60 meters high. In essence, they are huge lumps of ice covered with soil. Similar structures are now found strewn on the ocean floor in the Arctic shallow seas.” These formations, previously hidden under giant ice formations are becoming exposed and possibly not stable. This may be “leading to potential blowouts of methane” and as we know methane is much more destructive in our atmosphere than CO2. A recent study “found that the sub sea pingos are much larger than those on land and they suggest that “the mound formed more recently, moving material physically upwards.” Potential dangers are essentially unknown. “During a geotechnical drilling in the close by Pechora Sea, an industry vessel unknowingly drilled a hole into one of these mounds. It triggered a massive release of gas that almost sunk the vessel.” This was scary enough, but the real issue is that we simply “don´t know if the methane expelled from the sub-sea pingos reaches the atmosphere, but it is crucial that we observe and understand these processes better, especially in shallow areas, where the distance between the ocean floor and the atmosphere is short.”
Check out the article and know that we need experts in these fields to lead our national decisions, not political idiots intent on spreading misleading propaganda.
Read this: This article from The Washington Post / Opinion by Katrina Vanden Heuvel (of The Nation Magazine) takes us through John Stewart’s evolution and Ms. Vanden Heuvel’s analysis of his true effect on us all. She opens in 2002 as a guest on “The Daily Show” where “Stewart still thought of himself as an impartial observer … saying … Join us in the center … That’s my movement.” Effectively summarizing her own article she says “it wouldn’t be long before Stewart, whose 16-year run on ‘The Daily Show’ comes to an end next week, became one of the most important and influential voices on the progressive left — an improbable icon who cut through right-wing talking points with satire while making progressive ideas sound like common sense.” Using the tools of comedy beautifully Stewart “mocked the media’s coverage”, often made us “rethink a strategy that is less military-based”, “questioned the logic” unanimously fed to us by the corporate media (both domestic and foreign policies) being discussed. After interviews with Elizabeth Warren discussing the causes of our financial fiascoes he says “that was like financial chicken soup for me … that actually put things in perspective and made a little sense.” He emphasized that it is OK to learn new things and maybe change ones’ mind. He was a devoted critic of the media in general who “pleaded for a better discourse, famously castigating the hosts of CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ for, in his words, ‘hurting America.’ And perhaps nobody on television did more than Stewart to define Fox News as the reliably partisan outlet that most people know it as today.” He helped provide a training platform for many other up and coming talents that we will continue to see. That influence will continue to help us filter out the crap and I’ll wager, we will find ourselves thinking; “that sounds like the old “Daily Show with John Stewart”. Remember that?
Read this: In the first article below, by RaulVB, in the Daily KOS, we examine many of the Ronald Reagan (Gipper) myths. The article starts out with a bold statement professing that the Reagan-era propaganda “hurt the country. It distorted our understanding of how to help low-income people, as well as our optimism they could be helped, and it corroded the social contract that had prevailed since the New Deal.” Some of the key distortions follow. Reagan the tax slasher: Nope, “he raised taxes 3 times … the main reason he’s remembered as a tax-cutter is because of what he did to tax rates for the uber-rich: He slashed the top rate from 70 percent to 28 percent, and income inequality has soared ever since.” After leaving office Reagan was one of the most popular presidents: Nope, actually “just 4 years after Ronald Reagan left office his popularity numbers or approval of his Presidency was of about 43% of the American public … President Carter’s numbers, the public’s opinion about his term registered over 60% of approval of what he had done.” The economy thrived because of Reagans’ Voodoo economics: Not a chance. “Ironically Reagan’s home town, Dixon-Illinois, is today pretty much dead thanks to Reagan’s economic policies.” Basically it seems that what people love most about Reagan is the myth that has been so effectively tied to his person, regardless of any facts. The Salon article further examines the real Gipper.